Okay, gang, now that the manuscript is submitted and is being edited, it’s time to tackle photos for U2 – A Diary. Sarah at Omnibus says she needs everything by the end of January or thereabouts.
What We’re Looking For
In general, we’re looking for just about any U2 photo! Photos of the band signing autographs outside the studio, photos of them at movie premieres, other bands’ concerts, other appearances, etc. — those are all great. Concert photos will be great, too, but remember that live gigs are not the focus of U2 – A Diary, so we may not need a ton of those photos. If you have great shots of the band (or just one of the band members) outside the arena or stadium, or in other settings, we’ll be just as interested in those as anything.
In specific, however, I’d love to get photos of these concert-related things:
- The “fan displays” at the Vertigo Tour gigs.
- Photos of Bono changing his shoes during “I Will Follow” at the July 7, 2005, show in Berlin.
- Photos of the PopMart Lemon getting stuck in Oslo, August 1997.
- Photos of U2 fans in line at Point Depot for tickets, November 1989.
It would be best if you can send high-resolution photos, 300 dpi or higher. That will give the most flexibility in terms of how big the photo can appear in the book. If you only have low-resolution photos, we may still be able to use them, but they’ll appear smaller in the book.
What about copyright?
You will retain full copyright and ownership of the photo(s) you share for U2 – A Diary. There’s no money to be exchanged and no change of ownership/copyright.
How to Send in Photos
If you’re not sure we’ll want your photo(s), feel free to send me an e-mail giving as much detail about what you have, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Also e-mail me if you only have prints and need a physical address to send to. (I’ll gladly return them after scanning.)
If you just want to send your best shots, my address starts with matt and ends with the domain you’re on right now (u2diary.com).
When You Send…
Please include as much detail as you can about each photo: Date, Location, Explanation (if it’s not obvious). Since this is a date-based book, it will be somewhat difficult to use photos that we can’t tie/associate to a particular date.
Also, be sure to include your name so we can give you full credit if a photo is used.
I obviously can’t guarantee we’ll use everything that gets submitted, but whether or not your photo(s) make the book, I appreciate your willingness to help!
Any questions? Email me or use the comments if the answer will benefit other readers, too.